Disability Services

The Arc of Minnesota

651-523-0823 or 1-800-582-5256
The Arc of Minnesota is a private, non-profit, statewide organization. The mission of The Arc of Minnesota is to support and advocate for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families as they choose how they live, learn, work and play. The Arc of Minnesota and local chapters of The Arc provide crucial information for people with developmental disabilities and their families, connect them with resources, and stand with them when they need an advocate.

Disability Benefits 101

For people with all types of disabilities (both physical and developmental), you may learn more about how the public programs included on this site work for people with disabilities by visiting the Disability 101 website.  Disability 101 provides information on programs such as SSI, SSDI, MSA and other programs for people with disabilities that are not included on this site. The Disability 101 website provides tools so that you can access how employment, cash benefits and public programs (such as those included here) affect one another so that you can make informed decisions about your own circumstances.  It is recommended that you screen your family first on Bridge to Benefits to determine your potential eligibility for this wide range of programs and then visit the Disability 101 website.

Disability Linkage Line
866-333-2466

1-866-333-2466

Email: dhs.disability-linkage@state.mn.us
The Disability Linkage Line (DLL) is a free, statewide information and referral resource that provides Minnesotans with disabilities and chronic illnesses a single access point for all disability related questions. DLL provides service to the entire state from four locations: St. Paul, Rochester, Bemidji and Brainerd. A resource specialist is available Monday-Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, to provide one-on-one assistance. You can also receive email, live-chat or web based assistance through MinnesotaHelp.info.

Disability Minnesota
The website provides a single entry point to over 100 Minnesota state agency programs, products, and services that are devoted to the range of disability issues. It also provides access to laws, statutes, and regulations in pertinent disability-related areas. Click here for the families and children section of the website.

Access North
Access North serves residents with disabilities in the counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cass, Cook, Crow Wing, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis. The comprehensive services offered include advocacy, an independent living skills program, peer/group support, PCA Choice, and employment transition and relocation services. In addition, they offer consumer directed community supports, an assistive technology program and public information about disabilities and /or independent living.